The NWT Volleyball Association is very proud of the Crush Volleyball Club's 14U Boys Team that attended Nationals in Winnipeg Manitoba May 13-15, 2016.
After taking a few years off, the Crush Volleyball Club is back in action, coaching boys for the first time (the club was previously only had female teams).
Mike and Jeannie Mathison (with other support coaches) coached a U14 team. It was truly a building year, as the club worked to spread the word about their new boys program and attract athletes. They practiced twice a week since October, but didn’t have opportunity for any competition experience until Nationals.
They took a team of 9 boys:
Back left - Mazen Dahr, Ethan Horn, Emmanuel Sumagaysay, Christopher Mathison
Front Left - Chance Brien, Liam Carroll, Tyler Caines, Jacob Hildebrandt, Jack Willoughby
Without any experience, they were really unsure how their team would do.Their focus for the tournament was really to provide competition experience and more exposure to volleyball in general for the boys. The National event was the perfect opportunity to do this. These Nationals are open Nationals, so any team can participate. Fortunately, all levels of teams participate and as the weekend goes on, teams are tiered and by the third day of competition, teams are typically aligned with others of a similar caliber.
The weekend was a great success for the Club. Their first day of competition was actually their very first experience with official games with a referee. The boys did awesome, and surprised them with their confidence and composure.
It was nice to see that the boys are on the right track with their skill development, after less than a year. It was clear that more competition experience will need to be a priority next year.
The boys are excited to continue to work on their skills next year and they will be looking to have more boys join in with us next fall (boys born in 2002 and 2003). In the meantime, the boys will be growing their game by participating in various beach volleyball tournaments over the summer.